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Sacha Baron Cohen fires back at Trump with ‘Who Is America?’

  • Published at 12:20 pm July 10th, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:22 pm July 10th, 2018
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A collage showing US President Donald Trump and Sacha Baron Cohen dressed as Admiral-General Aladeen (The Dictator)AFP

The comedian provocateur’s arrives at a crucial point in US history with the American identity challenged and questioned from the inside and out

After teasing fans on social media, Sacha Baron Cohen has finally revealed the shenanigans he has been up to over the past year.

Cohen’s new Showtime series “Who Is America?” marks his return to television after being away for more than a decade.

The show is set to debut this Sunday. The half-hour satirical series has been in the works for over the past year, Showtime said in a press release on Monday, reports CNN.

The seven-episode series will "explore the diverse individuals, from the infamous to the unknown across the political and cultural spectrum, who populate our unique nation," Showtime said.

Taking on America and her president

"Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventiveness," David Nevins, Showtime CEO, said in a statement. 

"He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of 'gotcha' moments. Behind the elaborate setup is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics."

The comedian tweeted out an old clip of Donald Trump calling Cohen a "third rate character." The clip also shows Trump telling Cohen to "go to school, learn about being funny." The clip ends with the words, "Sacha graduates soon" before a logo for Trump University pops up on screen.

Cohen tweeted out another tease on Sunday in which he appears to be interviewing former US vice president Dick Cheney.

Sacha Baron Cohen has made a name for himself with characters like Bruno, Borat, Admiral-General Aladeen (The Dictator) and Ali G. His characters are known for being hilariously insensitive with a general disregard for political correctness.